dampen

verb
damp·​en | \ ˈdam-pən How to pronounce dampen (audio) \
dampened; dampening\ ˈdamp-​niŋ How to pronounce dampening (audio) , ˈdam-​pə-​ \

Definition of dampen

transitive verb

1 : to check or diminish the activity or vigor of : deaden the heat dampened our spirits
2 : to make damp the shower barely dampened the ground

intransitive verb

1 : to become damp
2 : to become deadened or depressed

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Other Words from dampen

dampener \ ˈdamp-​nər How to pronounce dampener (audio) , ˈdam-​pə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dampen

Synonyms

bedew, damp, moisten

Antonyms

dry

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Examples of dampen in a Sentence

Dampen the spot with a wet cloth. The shower barely dampened the ground. We wouldn't let the bad weather dampen our excitement.
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However, the researchers’ projections are dampening state officials’ relief over Friday’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling that state public school spending will be sufficient under a new education funding law. Washington Post, "Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus," 18 June 2019 Such caveats have not dampened Georgia’s enthusiasm for toll lanes. David Wickert, ajc, "Are toll lanes really the answer to Atlanta’s traffic mess?," 17 June 2019 Yet, the scenery could not dampen our desire to be a witness of this special time. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019 Nothing in these first six weeks has dampened the expectation No. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As Blue Jays flounder, phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. impresses: 'None of this scares him'," 6 June 2019 That didn’t dampen the celebration for Laura Ott, 54, from Stanwood, Michigan. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "Trump supporters revel in Russia probe’s conclusion," 29 Mar. 2019 The daily chaos which consumes the Capitol typically dampened the ticking. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 Those troubles dampened Twitter’s prospects for acquisition by a bigger firm, and the company, which went public in 2013, did not turn a profit until the final quarter of last year. BostonGlobe.com, "Battling fake accounts, Twitter to slash millions of followers," 11 July 2018 Those troubles dampened Twitter’s prospects for acquisition by a bigger firm, and the company, which went public in 2013, did not turn a profit until the final quarter of last year. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, "Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of dampen

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of dampen was in 1547

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dampen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dampen

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : to make (something) damp
: to make (something) less strong or active

dampen

verb
damp·​en | \ ˈdam-pən How to pronounce dampen (audio) \
dampened; dampening

Kids Definition of dampen

1 : to make or become slighty wet Please dampen this washcloth.
2 : to make dull or less active A bad start didn't dampen our confidence.

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